If you plan on watching Captian Marvel and have not yet, proceed with caution.
As Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel takes the box office by storm marking a grand opening, fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) were moved by a sweet surprise in the film. Since it is the first Marvel Studios film to be released after Stan Lee’s death, Captain Marvel paid a special tribute to the late comics legend — something that has Lee fans nostalgic and emotional online.
Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died last year in November. As Lee has also been part of all of Marvel films in cameos, Captian Marvel became extra special, after Lee’s images were integrated into film’s intro.
Usually, images from the MCU universe are featured in the studio’s logo at the beginning of the movie. This time the logo was filled with footage of Lee’s past cameos, accompanied by a black screen that says, “Thank you, Stan.”
In many theatres, the opening note met with a round of applause and others took to social media to express how much they loved and missed the iconic creator. Many Lee fans online urged the studio to make this a new tradition for every film and not just a one-time occurrence as many dubbed it “perfect”. Many also couldn’t have enough of his cameo in the film.
That Stan Lee tribute in the intro makes my heart go…😭😭😭#Captainmarvel
— Pran Pran (@Frangelo2714) March 9, 2019
— x_taryn.c_x (@xtaryncx1) March 9, 2019
— San Juana (@sanjuanacparamo) March 9, 2019
When they changed the Marvel intro to images of Stan Lee for Captain Marvel pic.twitter.com/ivH66oK8VE
— Adam Penale (@AdamPenale) March 8, 2019
everyone in my theater applauded after the stan lee tribute during the intro to captain marvel. and i mean EVERYONE. when i say that man has impacted so many people, i mean it.
— 𝓇𝑒𝑒𝓈𝑒 (@morphjng) March 8, 2019
— Tim Ruppert 🌻 (@tmruppert) March 8, 2019
— ash (@ashtothemoon) March 8, 2019
— Mitch Bay (@mitchkbay) March 8, 2019
— I don’t know how to Hogtie people!!! (@BNKGSH) March 8, 2019
— Heather Concannon (@hmmconcannon) March 8, 2019
— Sidharth Rao (@Sid12Rao) March 8, 2019
— Ivy🌿 (@misspoisenivy) March 8, 2019
— STEVEN GONZALEZ (@StevenAGonzalez) March 8, 2019
THEY CHANGED THE MARVEL LOGO TO BE STAN LEE I CRIED IN THE THEATRE BEFORE THE MOVIE EVEN STARTED #CaptainMavel
— Ємιℓу Gяαнαм (@Emzlz) March 8, 2019
i thought something was wrong with the digital film at the movie theatre when captain marvel started but i’ve come to realize that it was from the water in my eyes (Stan Lee marvel logo tribute) #captainmarvel
— soulow (@SOULOW27) March 8, 2019
— Blake Elliott (@TheBlakeElliott) March 8, 2019
— seeing captain marvel again 3/9 (@avengingspideyy) March 8, 2019
When the Marvel intro logo was moments with Stan Lee, I cried like when I saw Spider-Man get dusted.
— Satan’s lil helper (@Amazing_Swami_) March 8, 2019
The cameo was filmed about a year before the movie hit theatres and is extra special where Lee is portrayed as himself! “It became, after he passed away, all the more poignant,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly. “And that’s also when we decided to dedicate the entire Marvel Studios opening logo to him.” Explaining why the studio planned this tribute, he explained, “It felt like the first film to be released after his passing needed to recognize him right off the bat. Not in a mournful way, but in a celebratory way, right at the start of the film.”